Dylan McDermott talks about The Practice and his Netflix show Hollywood

The Emmy Award-nominated actor discusses his character in the new series Hollywood, what The Practice means to him now and filming the Venus and Serena Williams biopic King Richard with Will Smith.

Dylan McDermott plays a pimp, producer and actor in the new Netflix series Hollywood.
Mike Pont

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When it comes to actors, Dylan McDermott's long and varied career is something of a rarity. He's worked successfully in films like Steel Magnolias, Wonderland and The Perks of Being a Wallflower. In the late '90s and early 2000s, when network TV was on the decline, he starred in the hugely popular ABC show The Practice. And more recently he's found his groove acting in shows on Netflix like American Horror Story and The Politician

So it's no surprise to see him portray a pimp-producer-actor in the new Netflix show Hollywood. In an interview on CNET's new podcast I'm So Obsessed, McDermott explained the concept behind the new show.

"Well the whole show centers around Hollywood, hence the title," McDermott says. "It really is a revisionist story of Hollywood in the 1940s. What if women, people of color, gays were treated equally."

Hollywood reunites McDermott with Ryan Murphy, the producer and creator behind American Horror Story and The Politician. McDermott describes Murphy as a genius and says that the key to their continued collaborations is trust.

Read: CNET's Hollywood review: Intriguing Netflix miniseries dreams up alternate film history

My interview with McDermott was recorded at the beginning of April. In it we discuss how he prepared for his role in Hollywood, which included having underwear specially made for his character. The Emmy-nominated actor also talks about his mother, playwright Eve Ensler, starring with Will Smith in King Richard, the Venus and Serena Williams biopic scheduled for release next year, and the challenge of maintaining a street that was named after him.

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